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new polls showing mitt romney closing in now in a key battleground state. are wife and son behind a new strategy? >>> out of the shadows. a real-life spy claims he helped kill one of al qaeda's most wanted terrorists tracking him down because the terrorist's wife wanted western shampoo. >>> and the conversation. a family lets our cameras roll as they talk for the first time about what they want at the end of life. >> i've lived a great life. >> join us as a new conversation begins in america tonight. >>> good evening. as we come on the air, former penn state coach jerry sandusky has been sentenced to prison for the rest of his life. he is 68, and today he was sentenced to at least 30 years behind bars, the price for sexually abusing children, and today in the courtroom, he defiantly stood face to face with some of his victims who were just ten feet away. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila was there. >> reporter: this is what three months in the slammer can do to a man. jerry sandusky has lost weight, his skin turned gray and his gregarious, everyone's pal persona, shrun
reason to be concerned. mitt romney gained popularity and votes following wednesday's debate. a poll of registered voters shows romney has reached his highest personal popularity of the campaign his favorability rating is 47% compared to 51% who see him unfavorably. president obama's rating is still better, 55% see him as favorable, compared to 44% unfavorable. look at this, new pew research poll shows mitt romney leading president obama among likely voters romney with 49% compared to 45% for the president. romney's biggest gains are from women voters. stay with abc 7 for this thursday vice presidential debate between ryan and biden watch it here on abc 7 thursday, starting at 6 p.m.. >>> gas prices remain at record high prices $4.67 forever regular in -- for regular. drivers in oakland and san jose $4.67 this morning. governor brown has approved using winter formula gas which takes less refining, to help bring prices down it could take a few more days before prices fall. >>> woman originally from modesto is missing this morning in yosemite national park. jessica garcia last seen sat
for three days of debate preparation. his performance could blunt romney's place in the poll. the stage is being set. the ring, if you will. >> think the stakes are enormous, particularly for the president. >> reporter: round one went to romney. the second round, biden got obama back in the fight, even if the overall debate with ryan was a draw. now with three days away, the candidates in their corners. mitt romney in boston the. president in williamsburg, virginia. taking three days off the campaign trail for practice. the president watched the polls tighten after the first debate. with romney moving ahead in virginia in one poll. >> how are you? >> reporter: team owe what tells us the president will go after romney on his tax cut plans and his ideas for winding down the war in afghanistan. in tuesday's debate, audience members will ask the questions in the town hall format. >> he's got to be able to go on offense without being offensive to the audience. he's got to go on offense and defend his vision, his path to where he'd take the country in the second term. >> i had a debate about
tonight. so much at stake, as new polls show mitt romney closing the gap in key states. the president gave diane sawyer his advice for joe biden. >> i think joe just needs to be joe. >>> and breaking overnight, a body found. a grim discovery in the haunting case of what happened to 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. police ruling out her parents as suspects. now manhunt is on for a killer. >>> 30 days ago, i walked through these doors and i'm going home. i'm going home. >> homecoming. a huge milestone for robin on her road to recovery. finally leaving the hospital after weeks of grueling treatment. her doctors, friends and family cheer her on. and we have her message for everyone this morning. ♪ hey, hey oh, you feel it now ♪ amen, amen ♪ amen >> going home now! >> whoo! >>> and how is that for a start to the morning? [ applause ] wow. amen. amen, robin. we are so happy for you. everyone on team robin, so thrilled that you are finally home, waking up this morning, after so many weeks in the hospital. we're going to talk to robin's doctor, in just a little bit. we see those fist pumps up i
-identified republicans were up in the post-debate polls. so the wind has definitely been at romney's back, that's for sure, but the composition changed and changed numbers as well. >> i think there will be paul ryan's fourth debate since he's been in congress, so definitely new to that game, whereas joe bietden has been around 40-plus years in the senate. >> a long time. pressure on both, that's for sure. >> it will be high drama. >>> one month after the deadly attack on the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans in benghazi we were learning more about security fears leading up to the assault. state department documents show the u.s. embassy in libya asked for a four-month extension for a 16-member security team and the team's commander tells abc news, that ambassador chris stevens wanted the security force to stay even longer, past august. but no request was actually received. in fact, a request for an extension past august, it was, but no never made even though it had been confirmed and it was granted. but they had never actually put that request through. but tragic, if indeed tha
of mitt romney. his family urging the change, as polls show him closing the gap in battleground states. >>> airport arsenal. a boston man detained at l.a.x., after what border agents found in his luggage. body armor, weapons, even body bags. >>> and snoopy on the silver screen. the big announcement. charlie brown and the gang, in a brand-new movie. >>> good wednesday morning. i'm sunny hostin, in for paula faris. >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. we begin this wednesday, with tough questions ahead on capitol hill today, about last month's attack that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya, as well as three other americans. >> the title of the house committee probe speaks volumes. it's called the hearing on the failure in benghazi. tahman bradley is here with a preview. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, sunny and rob. with the security failures in the spotlight today, we are learning dramatic new details about the september 11th assault that took the lives of ambassador chris stevens and the others. for a month, we have been hearing a protest against an anti-muslim
. poll out this morning shows romney has reached his highest personal popularity of the campaign favorability rate something 47% compared to 51% who see him as unfavorable. president obama's rating 55% compared to 44% unfavorable. >> the vice presidential candidates square off -- >> thursday. you can watch it here starting at 6:00. >>> in napa county anybody living here the fairgrounds can expect to hear a big boom in less than half an hour. the napa valley bomb squad plans to blow up a highly volatile case of ether discovered during a cleanup. katie marzullo joins us from calistoga, a safe distance away >> reporter: this is as close as they will let us get. if you look over my shoulder, you can see crews are building a butcher out of sandbags and bomb detecting robot in the mix. authorities have been out here for hours, fire department, bomb squad, police, sheriff. they have to detonate medical ether they found a case, 96 canisters, quarter pound, found in a storm shed with other medical supplies. they believe they were part of a disaster supplies it can for a 200-bed hospital a
, at least for now. here's the newest poll. for the first time governor mitt romney pulling ahead leading president obama among likely voters. the president is under pressure tonight, so what are his plans to turn this around? 29 days to go before americans head to the polls, it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's jake tapper has been working the phones talking to campaign insiders. he's at the white house. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, the obama campaign's official line is that the president's debate performance did not change the fundamentals of the race, but behind the scenes with that new poll, some top democrats are getting nervous and say the pressure is on vice president biden. president obama's sending a message to his supporters about last week's debate disaster. he gets it. here he is at a los angeles fund-raiser praising the opening performer. >> they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: in the last few days, the pundits have been vicious and the comics no kinder, whether "the new yorker's" cover or "saturday nigh
popularity and votes following the debate wednesday. a poll of registered voters shows romney has reached his highest personal popularity of the campaign his favorability rate something 47% compared to 51%. president obama's rating 55% see him as favorable compared to 44% unfavorable. new pew poll shows mitt romney leading president obama among likely voters romney with 49% compared to 45% for the president, romney's biggest gains are from women voters. the race is adding more pressure to the vice presidential debate. watch it live here on abc7, thursday starting at 6 p.m.. former president clinton will be in the region today he's scheduled to appear at a campaign event at uc davis where he will endorse four northern california candidates for congress including incumbent mcinnerney. >>> santa cruz police looking for attempted kidnapping suspect they released a sketch of the man they hope you can help identify him. he drove up next to an 11-year-old boy on walnut street 4:00 yesterday and asked if he wanted a ride. the man repeatedly ordered the boy into the vehicle, but the boy refused ran to
for the white house, now. and with 28 days to go, a new poll shows mitt romney surging into the lead after his debate win last week. it's "your voice, your vote." and jake tapper is on the trail in the battleground ohio. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, george. both candidates expected in the critical buckeye state today when new polls indicating mitt romney got a big bounce out of his debate performance last week, even leading in one poll. it appears to be a new day and a new race. just a few weeks ago, some in the media and politics were preparing mitt romney's campaign obituary. but he not only has a new lease on life, he has momentum. a new poll from the pew research center, shows romney pulling ahead of the president in likely voters. the bounce romney was hoping for, following his powell lished debate performance last wednesday. one he noted at a rally in virginia. >> that was a good debate. >> reporter: earlier in the day, romney sought to capitalize on the tumult in the muslim world. >> we must make clear through actions, not just actions, that their nuclear pursuit won't
to go, a new race. national polls show mitt romney getting a real bounce out of the debate win. we'll have the latest on that ahead. >>> also ahead, we'll have the latest on the escalating meningitis outbreak. the number of cases more than doubling over the weekend to 91. dr. besser joining us with what you need to know right now. >>> and we have some big news for one of our family members, sam. [ applause ] many of you know his fantastic news. over the weekend, do you want to tell, or shall i? >> i -- i drks i -- i was -- i got engaged. [ applause ] >> there's the ring. >> thank you. yeah, thank you very much. and the amazing response from folks all over the country was just incredible for us. and i thank you. and we'll talk about that. >> we have a wedding to plan. >> we got a wedding to plan. >> so excited, sam. we'll talk more about that coming up. >>> that's right, sam is leading off the show because we have freezing weather headlines to talk about. after the third hottest summer on record, the u.s. is getting a quick turnaround with winter-like air. look that snow. so many pe
administration. romney had a swagger. he's riding a wave of momentum after last week's debate. latest poll taken after the denver show count has the race tied at 47 among registered voters. president obama had a five point advantage in the three days leading in the debate. the same poll found voters overwhelmingly said romney won't debate, the biggest debate win ever recorded by gallup. bigger than clinton's 42 point margin over bush.4!zf[ç in los angeles last night musicians lent their support. mr. obama thanked the performers and threw in a not so subtle reference to his debate performance. >> the president: they perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: with the polls tightening the pressure is on vice president biden who squares off against ryan thursday night. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> senator feinstein has called for a federal investigation into record gas prices we are pail. today's report shows san francisco averages $4.74 for regular oakland and san jose $4.68. those prices are 50 cents a gallon higher than a week ago. the senator h
for mitt romney in those national polls, the daily tracking national polls. he's definitely picked up. also has a lot more excitement with his crowds right now, and it seems like it's re-energized his campaign but what i'll watch are those polls in the key battleground states, places like ohio, virginia, florida, colorado. those have to start closing up for mitt romney, as well. so far they haven't, in fact, there is a new poll out this morning coming out of the university of denver showing barack obama maintains a four-point lead in colorado. >> and it is the battleground states where this race will be won. and lost. >> absolutely. >> very quickly, vice presidential race. any precedent for a vice presidential debate impacting the trajectory of a race? >> not -- probably one of the most serious debate moments ever is that debate moment where lloyd bentson took on dan quayle and said "you're no jack kennedy," but in the end george h.w. bush still won that race. >> george stephanopoulos, thank you very much. great to see you here on the set this morning. george has a big show this morning fea
. >> but the latest poll taken after the debates, shows romney swinging ahead of the president, 49% to 45%. that's mainly due to a surge in support for romney from women voters. abc's karen travers has more on the campaign trial. >> reporter: shifting focus to foreign affairs, mitt romney launched a scathing attack on president obama's policies and leadership overseas. >> it's time to change course in the middle east. it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: so far, the economy has dominated the campaign debate. but the romney campaign tried to seize on questions and criticism about the president's handling of last month's attack in libya. it was a chance to try to reverse the tide of romney's recent perceived missteps, including his initial response to the libya attack. the republican contender accused the president of passivity over partnership. >> i know the president hopes for a middle east aligned with us. but hope is not a strategy. >> reporter: the romney campaign was feeling good after its debate performance last w
down, one-on-one, with president obama. it is his first interview since that big debate. polls showed 72% of those watching that debate included president obama lost to his republican rival, mitt romney. and tonight, the polls show the race is tightening fast. the republican opponent more fired up than ever. his supporters saying they want to know why the president didn't seem to show up and fight. and that's where we began. let's get right to it. >> yeah. >> reporter: that debate, what happened? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> reporter: how bad? >> well, it's not the first time i've had a bad night. but i think what's important is that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. governor romney went to a lot of trouble to try to hide what his positions are, because he knows that those ideas have been rejected. they won't work. and if he's making an honest presentation about what he's proposed, he will lose, because the american people are not going to go back there. what this comes down to is, how are we going to grow an economy in wh
significance, mitt romney gained momentum. polls show the president has a slight edge in key battle ground states but romney has closed the gap, making the debate interesting. and both are very comfortable getting into specifics but experience on this type of stage couldn't be more different this, is yin's first national debate. one aide admitted he is nervous. yesterday he gave a preview of how he'll go after biden. >> what he can't run from is president ob yaum with's record. >> biden is expected to be more offense than defense, his aide says the vp will fire back at what he calls ryan's extreme positions on reforming medicare, president obama offered his advice. >> i think joe needs to be joe. joe understands what it means to scrap and you know, knows what it's like to see his dad lose a job. and when his, that heart and that story comes out, he's -- incredibly effective. >> abc 7's political analyst says biden needs to avoid the big mistake. >> i think the point is not to win the debate for biden but to avoid making mistakes and b, start the offensive that obama should have started on
the polls tighten in key battleground states with romney moving ahead in virginia in one poll. team obama tells us the president will go after romney on his tax cut plans, and his ideas for winding down the war in afghanistan. but in tuesday's debate, it will be audience members who will be asking the questions in the town hall format. >> he's got to be able to go on offense without being offensive to the audience. he's got to go on offense and defend his vision his path for where he would take the country in a second term. >> now about a week ago i had a debate, and i did enjoy myself. [cheers and applause] >> as for romney who is energized by the momentum in bigger crowds he's seen since the debate, the debate coach says keep it up. >> i can't imagine gov. romney would get overconfident, but he needs to keep doing much of the same that he did in the first debate. >> the hofstra face-off set for tuesday. both campaigns continue to raise money. today the obama campaign announced it has now reached 4 million donors. a presidential campaign record. david curlyabc news, the white house. >> a
for joining us. the presidential race is tightening this week with polls shifting in mitt romney's favor as president obama's widely criticized performance at the first presidential debate. my colleague diane sawyer spoke with the president in the first television interview since that night. to find out what happened on stage. >> that debate, what happened? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> well not the first time i have had a bad night. but i think what is important that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. >> we are told you watched it split screen. >> uh-huh. >> did you? >> well i watched it afterward. >> was it painful to watch? >> no. look -- diane, i have got to tell you that these are marathons they're not sprints. >> is it possible you handed him the election that night? >> no. >> you are going to win? >> yes. >> you want it more than the first time? >> absolutely. >> but the race is close. and tensions are high. with 26 days remaining until the election we hit the campaign trail with first lady michelle obama. wh
polls show him gaining ground, and his crowds have picked up, and last night in florida, romney opened up telling about his last visit with an old friend paralyzed in a tragic accident. >> they pushed his wheelchair forward, and he came up, and i reached over and put my arm on his shoulder, and i whispered into his ear, and i said, billy, i love you, and god bless you. i got a call from a friend that he died the next day after that visit. it's rare that you get the chance to tell someone how much you love them when you still can. >> can romney keep gaining ground, or will president obama maintain his advantage in those battleground states that matter most? we'll look at the race from all angles this morning and we begin with the campaign's ed gillespie for mitt romney, robert gibbs for barack obama and, robert, let me begin with you. how much difference did governor romney make wednesday night? >> well, look, george, i think governor romney had a masterful theatrical performance just this past week, but the underpinnings and foundation of that performance were fundamentally dishonest.
for the romney campaign. a new poll is showing a tighter race with the president up by just 3 points after being up by six points at his peak. and speaking of the president he's poking some fun at his sluggish performance last week. he took the stage at a gala event following acts of bon jovi, stevie wonder, and katy perry. the president then equip add quote, they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. the president continues his california campaign swing later today. meanwhile mitt romney is spending the day in virginia where he's set to deliver a major foreign policy speech at the virginia military institute and later he'll attend a rally at "newport news." he drew some of the largest crowds of his campaign. >>> and this week, of course, it is the vice-presidential candidates' turn to face off. one on one the candidates debate. the debate takes place thursday night. our team will be live for the debate and our own martha raddatz will be moderating the event. it all begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc. >> now you think the pressure will be on biden eve
in the polls by mitt romney saying they always expected the race to be close. >>> romney was also campaigning in ohio, getting support from new jersey governor chris christie. voters in the buckeye state will see a lot of romney over the next few days. the campaigns and outside groups have spent more than $141 million on tv ads in ohio through the beginning of october. >>> the killing of mexico's most feared criminal gang kingpin should be considered a major coup in the war on drugs. but it has now turned into a bit of an embarrassment. mexican special forces say they killed cartel leader, heriberto lazcano. in a vicious gun battle. then it fizzled as armed gunmen stormed a funeral home and snatched lazcano's remains from under the noses of authorities. >> how did he disappear? >> that is a wild story. >> that is fascinating. >> the nickname says it all, "the executioner." they actually had a $5 million bounty on his head. highest profile drug lord to be killed or captured, when mexican president calderon took office in 2006. they got one of the big fish here for sure. but the drug war in mex
national polls showing this race now tightening, mitt romney here in ohio, looking to build on his momentum. but he had company here. the president here, as well, looking to hold on to his slim lead here in the buckeye state. dueling rallies in ohio overnight. the president trying to hold on to his shrinking lead here, in front of a crowd of 15,000. his message, tailor-made. >> when you think about ohio and when governor romney said we should let the auto industry go bankrupt, we said no. we're not going to take your advice. don't boo. vote. >> reporter: the newest poll shows the president's lead tightening to just four points here in crucial ohio. mitt romney trying to flip the scales in front of his own crowds, knowing no republican has won the white house without ohio. >> i've been watching some of the -- president obama's rallies. and they chant, four more years. four more years. and today there are 28 days before the election. i think the right chant ought to be for them, four more weeks. four more weeks. >> reporter: but overnight, the romney campaign answering questions about somethi
everything to do with why he's been doing well in the polls. this is a catch-22 for conservatives, right? mitt romney had to run as a severe conservative to get the nomination. now, he's trying to tack back to the center. and guess what? it works in the polls. centrist voters, swing voters, are looking for a candidate that doesn't have the ideological experience. it comes back to mitt romney as a flip-flopper. someone who is expedient when it comes to policy to create a short-term political goal. it hasn't been exploited by the campaign yet. this is what he said before. this is what he said now. which time was he telling the truth? >> we'll see tuesday night. >> in your opinion, who stands to benefit more from a town hall format? >> the president draws off crowds. this will be good for him. nondomestic issues, social issues, that puts mitt romney in a tricky spot reaching towards the center. >> tuesday night, we'll have the debate at 9:00 eastern. >>> and tomorrow on "this week," you'll hear from rob portman and beau biden. >>> we're going to turn to "operation dotcom," the police sting
. >> reporter: with the polls tightening, the president needs to fire up his base while mitt romney needs to convert 2008 obama voters. last night in kentucky, they got a lot of help from their running mates. rob, paula. back to you. >> thank you, karen. as karen alluded to -- polls are tight. dead heat in virginia. obama up one in florida. doing well in ohio up by six. in colorado, romney is ahead by a point now. virginia is still tight. obama is up by five there. wisconsin up by three. so it really is -- the country watches, but really about a cluster, maybe six, eight states will make or break this race. romney made up a lot of ground since last week's debate for sure. >> i don't know if this one will move the needle. both appealed to their base really. joe biden didn't make any fatal flaws. and neither did paul ryan in this one. but, you know let everybody spin it how they want. i looked at six different polls. three gave it to biden. three gave it to paul ryan. >> it's a draw essentially. >> pretty much is a draw. >> again, i know the media's inclination, folk's inclinatio
. >> shols show romney got a boost, and has been campaigning. >> that taxes on middle income people. i won't raise taxes on the person people. >> there is no republican that won without winning there. a new poll of voters shows the president's lead slung to four points. and there is last night, slamming romney. >> we reinvented a dying auto industry supporting one in eight ohio jobs. >> with the race tightening the showdown has greater stakes vice president biden expected to come out and challenge ryan. >> i've been doing mostly is frankly studying up on congressman ryan's position. on the issues. i don't want to say anything that is not accurate. >> and the. >> joe is just going to come flying at us. it's -- it seems clear this strategy is just calling us liars. and this is to go into a mud pit. >> both are well versed on policy issues so a challenge both may be trying to explain without getting too into the weeds and turning off voters at home. >> there is abc 7 broadcasting the live debate tomorrow night at 6:00 and after that the new drama "last resort". at 10 there is a special presen
at the latest poll. from after the first debate. president obama in the lead still, 51% to romney's 45%. that's from after the first presidential debate. does governor romney have a path to the presidency without ohio? i know you're going to say that he will win ohio. can he win the presidency without it? >> he can probably win the presidency without ohio, but i wouldn't want to take the risk. no republican has. we're doing great in ohio. if you look at the average of all the polls, it's about dead even in ohio right now. the momentum is on our side. it's been terrific. i've been to half dozen rallies in the last week. i've never seen this energy and enthusiasm on the ground. we have already made three times more phone calls through the volunteers since 2008. we've knocked on 25 times more doors than 2008. something is going on on the ground. it's turning our way. the president will continue the attack, not focus on the substances of the issues that the people care about but continuing the attack. >> thank you, senator portman. we appreciate your time. >> thank you, jake. >>> now we turn to t
. >>> whiplash. tonight, just 30 days to go, the biggest crowds yet for mitt romney, but the president fueled too by the lowest unemployment rate since he took office. tonight you new and eye-opening polls and after that comment during the debate, look who's talking. >> here now to comment, big bird. [ cheers and applause ] >> big bird, winging it. >>> and charged up. the daredevil once frozen in ice then buried alive now shocking himself, letting perfect strangers zap him. >>> good evening on this sunday night, and we do begin here with that deadly outbreak of meningitis. we learned late today it is quickly spreading all because of those steroid shots to the spine for patients who thought they were getting relief from their pain. just in the last 24 hours, at least 27 more people have become sick. that brings the total number of cases to 91. at least seven people have now died from this, and tonight in a troubling development, that massachusetts company that made that steroid shot is now recalling every single product it makes out of what it calls an abundance of caution. abc's mark greenblatt l
happened last week, democrats got, lost their energy in the race and the polls changed. >> nicolle, one of the things that governor romney had to do is reassure people about who they are. did he get that done? >> i think he did. starting tomorrow morning, going through the weekend into tuesday, and i think what republicans are going to drive is this question that biden opened up about what they knew and when they knew it with the attacks in benghazi. i think there was serious news that was made. rar th martha should clear her schedule. what she was able to do tonight, both men made some news and both of these men are frankly better at this than the men that they work for at the top of their ticket. but by being better, they said more and i feel like republicans feel like they have fresh ammunition on this growing scandal, which is how the right seeps the investigation into the attacks and the tragic death of our ambassador in libya. >> the vice president said, we didn't know about the security concerns in benghazi in particular, clearly state department officials did. >> well, the vice
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